Seattle Sounders acquired defender Jackson Ragen through the 2022 Major League Soccer season with options for 2023 and 2024.
To sign the player, Seattle sent a natural third-round pick in the 2023 MLS SuperDraft to the Chicago Fire for his College Protected Period Priority. The Fire originally secured Ragen through the 2021 MLS SuperDraft, picking him up with the Number 33 overall pick.
“We are excited to sign Jackson to a first-team contract,” Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey said in a release. “Jackson is a promising young defender who we think can provide us with good depth at the position this season. We look forward to continuing his professional development within our club.”
Ragen was a college standout before joining the Chicago Fire, winning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year after a successful 2021 season at the University of Michigan. He also led the team with five goals, and earned First Team All-Big Ten selection in both 2019 and 2021.
Prior to making the first team with Seattle, the 23-year-old joined then-USL Championship affiliate and now-MLS NEXT Pro side Tacoma Defiance, where he recorded one goal in 16 games.
His abilities have earned him a first team spot with the Sounders.
“Jackson’s performance in preseason so far has earned him this opportunity with the first team,” Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer said in a release. “He joins a strong position group alongside a number of talented center backs, and we’re excited to see how he continues to improve.”
The Western Conference side is set to kick off the 2022 season on February 27 when hosting Nashville SC at Lumen Field.